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Carolina hosts 29th annual powwow

Sophomore psychology student Samantha Daniel often comes across the notion that American Indian culture is something only found in the history books. As a member of the Haliwa-Saponi nation and a modern-day powwow dancer, it is an idea she stands to refute. “We are still here,” Daniel said. “A lot of people think that Native…

Carolina to award five honorary degrees at Commencement

Five celebrated individuals will receive honorary degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Spring Commencement on May 8. Among the honorees is critically acclaimed author and trailblazing public leader Anne-Marie Slaughter, who will also deliver Carolina’s Spring Commencement address. A foreign policy expert and public commentator, Slaughter’s groundbreaking article for The Atlantic,…

A passion project

Carolina alum Scott Nurkin is close to completing his mural of Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Dean Smith – which Nurkin began two days after Smith’s death in February, 2015. A look at the progress on this “passion project,” which can be viewed in person in Chapel Hill at the intersection of Smith Level Road…

Carolina, Duke put rivalry to good cause

There is no love lost when it comes to competition between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. Whether it’s on the field, court or anywhere along Tobacco Road, the rivalry always takes hold. Another example: A group of Duke and Carolina students are hoping to tap into that competitiveness to provide affordable housing for local…

A squad of storytellers

Whenever associate professor Brian Sturm and his group of Carolina students walk into Estes Hills Elementary School ready to tell a story, librarian Laura Fox prepares for a spike in students browsing the shelves. “I find out through the students what’s been read because they want to get the book,” said Fox. “They’re excited about…

Gaining new perspectives at TEDxUNC

More than 1,000 people filled Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill on Feb. 27 to learn more about something truly universal: the human body. The afternoon of presentations, discussions and other activities was part of TEDxUNC 2016, an annual event on campus with a wide-ranging focus this year on the human body, featuring everything from mental…

Global perspective, local touch

Minh Nguyen’s second year of medical school at Carolina consisted of the usual challenges students face: learning complicated physiological and medical concepts, applying that knowledge in a clinical setting, and finding ways to create much-needed downtime amidst a full, rigorous schedule. At the same time, it contained an unusual challenge: responsibility for his younger brother,…

Helping students make it to ‘the other side’

The counselor pulled a list of names from her leather-bound folder. Her eyes were dark and intense as she introduced these students she has counseled, sharing their stories the way a proud mother shows off photos of her children. Warming to her subject, she emphasized points with her hands, the golden bracelets on her arms…

Past its prime

When Joe Jenkins entered UNC School of Medicine in the 1970s, Berryhill Hall was a new medical education building that fit the times. But more than 40 years later, the building’s limitations – both in size and design – are impediments to overcome for medical students like Krishan Sivaraj. Krishan Sivaraj of Cary considered a…

Renowned geneticist Magnuson named Vice Chancellor for Research

When Terry Magnuson walked onto the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in 2000, he knew he’d arrived at a unique environment for researchers. “My first day on campus is when I realized this is the place I want to be,” Magnuson, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor and founding chair of the Department of Genetics at Carolina, said.…